WITH VIDEO: Yebo Gogga not as creepy as you might think


Wide-eyed and eager school learners from across Johannesburg flocked to catch a glimpse of the creepy and slimy creatures at annual Yebo Gogga Yebo amaBlomo exhibition at Wits this week.

Hosted by the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences the exhibition of curious bugs, plants and animals provides a fun but educational experience.

The theme for this year’s exhibition is Rainbow World which looks at colour in nature and science.

Donald McCullum, exhibition director and botanist said: “Colour is so important, it does so many things. The way people communicate, and animals and things use colour. It something that can warn things, it something that can deceive.

You can get an animal that’s mimicking a dangerous animal in its colours and so it gets the benefit of that dangerous animal’s street cred.”

Kids, parents and even grandparents filled the colourful Oppenheimer Life Sciences jungle as they explored the exhibition that also involved tailor-made talks and demonstrations from experts.

One of the main attractions, was “Miss Piggy” the Green Iguana as she is called, who silently flaunted her bright green colour as the grade one school kids stroked her “beard” as one kid said.

One would think that these kids would be terrified of “Wilson” the Corn Snake, but eagerly they pushed and shoved in front to get a better view and feel of Wilson.


VIDEO: Law students have their say about the end of the undergrad LLB at Wits

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VIDEO VOX: Should Jacob Zuma be removed from office?

Given the controversial findings of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla Report late last week, the media has been abuzz with possible implications of the report.

Some political parties have said the enough evidence in the report to have President Jacob Zuma impeached.

Wits Vuvuzela found out what some Witsies have to say about this. You can also view our gallery on Facebook.



WITH VIDEO: Wits ladies long for revenge

Wits ladies football coach,  Jabulile Baloyi, believes that in 2014 her team will conquer their demons. That includes, even if only incidentally, avenging Wits Rugby’s crushing loss to University of Johannesburg (UJ) last night.

With both round and oval balls, Wits’ teams have struggled against their orange-clad neighbours, making a trip to Kingsway Avenue a traumatic one for any Witsie with an ounce of kudu blood in their veins.

Baloyi’s ladies lost home and away to UJ in the 2013 Gauteng Football League (GFL) including a 5-0 drubbing at home, and consequently failed to qualify for national play-offs.

The coach is confident though that things will go differently this year. The former Banyana Banyana vice-captain said she would be pushing her “talented” team harder this year in search of silverware, and the pride that comes with it.

Many Witsies are almost certainly relishing a rare opportunity for bragging rights, in any sporting code, whatever the shape of the ball, against our local nemesis.

VIDEO: What Witsies think of Valentines’ Day

Love is in the air, it’s  Valentines’ Day. There are those out there who can’t stand the day with its cringe-worthy adverts, plastic roses, chocolates , big white and red teddy bears and then there are hopeless romantics who love everything about the day. #teamvuvu went out on campus to hear what Witsies thought of the Valentines’ Day.

WITH VIDEO: Don’t DIY ladies

Keziah Gabriel is definitely no bile-spewing drill sergeant, nor is she a steroid-chocked personal trainer who thinks only in muscle to fat ratios.

The closest the 4th year MBBCH student got to launching a volley of abusive language intended to motivate her whacked out charges, at the tail-end of first session of Booty Camp, was: “Are you tired?  Don’t push yourself too hard,” coupled with a big smile and a light puff on her whistle.

The trained lifeguard is just really passionate about the more physical aspects of life.

The Amanzimtoti-born self-confessed  “fitness freak” said she got the idea to start “Booty Camp”, group exercise initiative, (held at the WEC sports fields on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays), after noticing girls from the Reith Hall residence exercising by themselves but not really “doing it right”.

“I do most of this stuff myself; I’m always researching new work outs. I realised that most of these girls were fit at school where there was organised sport, but it becomes difficult to fit a fitness plan into your university schedule,” Gabriel said.

Gabriel said it was easy as a medicine student to spend the little free time you had away from your books locked-up in your room watching series. Booty Camp, she said, was all about giving girls who wanted to get fit an opportunity to do it side by side with fellow classmates in an atmosphere of friendship.

She insisted that what she was offering was the right way to get fit

Visit Booty Camp’s Facebook page here.


#Teamvuvu #Neknominated

#NekNomination, a social media challenge, has flooded profile pages and time lines of young people around the world. Formerly a drinking game, #NekNominations are now used to encourage people to do good.

A person or organisation challenged does an activity that helps someone else out, then passes along the challenge. It’s sort of like a electronic chain letter for charity.

The Wits Vuvuzela team (#teamvuvu), was challenged in a #NekNomination from Wapad, the student publication of the North West University. We had 24 hours to take on the challenge of making a difference and recording it.

Wits Vuvuzela reporters hit the streets of Braamfontein to hand out cupcakes to the homeless. But we also wanted to  ask the homeless what they needed because sometimes a simple gesture is not enough.